XW-MPPT60-150 Running Hot

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  • dwhdwh Solar Expert Posts: 1,341 ✭✭✭
    Re: XW-MPPT60-150 Running Hot

    Personally, I wonder if the installer really was licensed. I mean, sure the General Contractor must have been (unless the homeowner pulled the permits?) - but the so-called electrician on his crew? California now requires (law passed in 1999 and went into full effect in 2005) ALL working electricians to be state licensed.

    But a whole lot of them aren't. They just *say* they are and nobody checks (well, IBEW Local 11 does on-site checks in the Los Angeles area, but they are few and far between and normally only done on large commercial jobs). And that's a Journeyman License NOT a C-10 Electrical Contractor's license. The journeyman license gives an electrician the right to work *for* an electrical contractor, but NOT to do contracting himself.

    Also, just because someone is a General Contractor, that does NOT automatically allow them to do electrical work - even if their employee was a "journeyman electrician" - *someone* has to be a licensed *Electrical Contractor*:

    http://www.cslb.ca.gov/GeneralInformation/Library/LicensingClassifications/BGeneralBuildingContractor.asp


    "(b) A general building contractor may take a prime contract or a subcontract for a framing or carpentry project. However, a general building contractor shall not take a prime contract for any project involving trades other than framing or carpentry unless the prime contract requires at least two unrelated building trades or crafts other than framing or carpentry, or unless the general building contractor holds the appropriate license classification or subcontracts with an appropriately licensed specialty contractor to perform the work. A general building contractor shall not take a subcontract involving trades other than framing or carpentry, unless the subcontract requires at least two unrelated trades or crafts other than framing or carpentry, or unless the general building contractor holds the appropriate license classification. The general building contractor may not count framing or carpentry in calculating the two unrelated trades necessary in order for the general building contractor to be able to take a prime contract or subcontract for a project involving other trades."


    An employee - even a licensed journeyman is NOT a licensed subcontractor.
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